Home Page
Search :
Articles News Videos Art Images About Us Contact Us
Enter your email address to subscribe to our mailing list.
Image Gallery
Watch Our Video
Support Us


Last Update: 21:27 10/23/2012
Home --> MAIN NEWS
18:24 04/16/2012
Israeli Soldier Suspended for Gun-butt Attack

An Israeli soldier has been suspended after video footage showed him hitting a foreign pro-Palestinian activist in the face with his gun during a bicycle rally in the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military.
Footage of the incident posted on YouTube was picked up by Israeli television on Sunday, prompting condemnation from Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.
"Lieutenant-Colonel Shalom Eisner has been suspended until the conclusion of the inquiry which has been opened," a military spokesman said on Monday.
The assault took place on Saturday during a bicycle ride in the Jordan Valley near Jericho involving Palestinians and foreign activists.
The footage shows a soldier smashing a male demonstrator in the face with the butt of a rifle in an apparently unprovoked attack as soldiers confront protesters.
The demonstrator, reported to be a Danish national, falls to the ground and is then carried away by others at the scene.
"Such behaviour is not characteristic of the soldiers and commanders of the IDF (Israel Defence Forces)," Netanyahu said in a statement released on Sunday. "It has no place in the IDF and the State of Israel."
Benny Gantz, Israeli military's chief of staff, also condemned the attack which he said would be "thoroughly investigated and treated with the utmost severity".
The military described the incident as "very serious" and said it was looking into "the circumstances leading up to this incident as well as on its repercussions", a spokeswoman said.
Quoting a military source, Israel's Channel 10 television said the officer apparently lost his patience as he and his troops tried to turn away cyclists shouting anti-Israeli slogans and waving Palestinian flags from an area defined as a closed military zone.
'Flytilla' Activists Barred
In another development, Israel has barred nearly 80 foreign activists from flying into the country on grounds they were linked to a pro-Palestinian campaign, police said on Monday, with 60 of them still awaiting deportation.
As of midnight, police at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv had detained 78 people, more than two-thirds of them French nationals, spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
Among those detained were 51 French nationals, 11 Britons, six Italians, five Canadians, two Spanish nationals and three others from Switzerland, Portugal and the US.
Officials had already sent 18 people back to their ports of origin, while another 60 had refused to leave voluntarily and had been taken to two facilities near Tel Aviv, she said.
Hundreds of Israeli police were deployed at the airport from Saturday night in a bid to prevent the arrival of a wave of foreigners taking part in the "Welcome to Palestine" fly-in campaign, also known as the "flytilla."
Organisers of the campaign, now in its third year, had been expecting to welcome up to 1,500 people, but Israel vowed to prevent them from entry, warning airlines they would be forced to foot the bill for the activists' immediate return home.
Most of Europe's main airlines quickly fell in line, cancelling the tickets of at least 300 Israel-bound passengers, and sparking angry protests in several European capitals.
Police at the airport also arrested nine Israeli activists who had come to support the visitors.
(Al Jazeera and Agencies)

Story Copy Right Link
News Topics
Carter Downplays US Influence on Israel, Palestine  21:27 10/23/2012
Palestinians Killed in Israeli Air Strikes  20:54 10/23/2012
Qatari Emir Calls for National Reconciliation  20:46 10/23/2012
Gaza-bound Aid Ship Boarded by Israeli Forces  01:22 10/21/2012
Palestinians Await Ship Attempting to Break Gaza Siege  19:09 10/17/2012
Israeli Parliament Dissolves for Early Vote  23:34 10/16/2012
Qatar: Gaza Aid Via Egypt, Not Israel  23:25 10/16/2012
Islamic Jihad: No Truce Reached with Israel  20:20 10/15/2012
Palestinians Killed in Israeli Air Strike  20:11 10/15/2012
Witnesses: Settlers Attack Olive Harvesters in Hebron  17:39 10/12/2012
Hezbollah Advances 'Will Help Palestinian Resistance': Brigades  17:35 10/12/2012
Drone Downed by Israel 'Sent by Hezbollah'  21:36 10/11/2012
Arab Lawmakers Say Early Vote Boosts Netanyahu's Chances  19:58 10/10/2012
Palestinian Resistance Factions Warn Israel Not to Invade Gaza  18:54 10/09/2012
Israeli PM Netanyahu Calls Early Election  18:45 10/09/2012
Man Hit by Israeli Airstrike Dies from Injuries  21:38 10/08/2012
Israeli Police Enter al-Aqsa Compound  17:51 10/05/2012
Thousands Join Islamic Jihad Rally in Gaza  17:54 10/04/2012
Abbas: UN to Admit Palestine within Weeks  17:01 10/02/2012
Jerusalem Convent Vandalized by Settlers  16:55 10/02/2012
Gaza Tunnel-traders Say Network at 10 Percent Capacity  17:12 09/28/2012
Abbas Seeks Upgrade of Palestinian UN Status  17:11 09/28/2012
Israeli PM Sets 'Red Line' over Nuclear Iran  17:05 09/28/2012
Palestinian Delegation Working Quietly at UN  17:26 09/26/2012
Olmert Avoids Jail over Fraud Sentencing  17:24 09/26/2012
Family Blames Sewage, Trash for Deaths of 8 Children in Gaza Camp  20:52 09/25/2012
Hamas Leader: Abbas Should End Security Coordination with Israel  20:46 09/25/2012
Israel and PA Discuss Gaza Offshore Gas Plans  20:40 09/25/2012
Ex-prisoner Explains Self-immolation Attempt  16:09 09/21/2012
Deaths in Israel-Egypt Border Shootout  16:07 09/21/2012
Featured Articles
Disclaimer Copyright 1999-2015 PalestineChronicle.com. All rights reserved RSS feed